Meg Ryan to make feature directorial debut: Should she star in it as well?

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Meg Ryan will step behind the camera with the dramedy Into the Beautiful, her rep confirms to EW. As Variety reports, the feature is “being developed as a contemporary Big Chill with longtime friends reconnecting,” and as of now, there are no plans for Ryan to act in the film as well. But should she?

On one hand, this is material Ryan obviously connects strongly to, and if a role is right for her, it could remind audiences why they used to love seeing her onscreen. I think of something like Helen Hunt’s 2008 feature directorial debut, Then She Found Me, costarring Colin Firth, which was the most interesting work she’d done in the decade since As Good As It Gets. But on the other hand, perhaps audiences would be more inclined to embrace Ryan as an actress again after she’s wowed them with a poignant film from the director’s chair. Get the goodwill flowing once more. What do you think? 

It’s a tough call, especially without knowing the roles in play. While you’re debating, perhaps we can at least agree that it’s nice to have another female star make that leap to feature director, and that it would be even nicer to have someone amass a string of credits. In the decade between the release of Little Man Tate and The Beaver, Jodie Foster only directed one film, Home for the Holidays. Diane Keaton hasn’t directed a film since 2000’s Hanging Up, which was five years after her feature debut Unsung Heroes. It’s been 15 years since Barbra Streisand’s The Mirror Has Two Faces, and 10 years since the more prolific Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars with Boys. (Though Marshall has recently directed episodes of Showtime’s United States of Tara.) Let’s not wait that long, Drew Barrymore (2009’s Whip It), Cheryl Hines (2009’s Serious Moonlight), and Vera Farmiga (2011’s Higher Ground). We’re looking forward to Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley (2007’s Away From Her).

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  • Sina

    Not with that face.

    • Melly

      @Sina – completely agree. YIKES!

    • fromtoronto

      When she starts acting like a woman who is secure with who she is and the face she was born with …. then I might remember that she was a talented actress…..its both saddening and maddening what these women do to themselves! I don’t respect or relate to that kind of shallow behaviour.

      • Katja

        I know she looks odd, and so many women who’ve had work done look regrettably plastic…but they’re getting SO much pressure from people who talk s— about how old actresses are looking when they actually do get wrinkly, and who fawn all over someone like Demi Moore, who’s obviously had work done but hers looks pretty good overall. It puts other female actresses in a really difficult position. The choice has been made for me – I’ll never be able to afford any sort of Botox or plastic surgery, and my professional career doesn’t depend on my looks. But I do feel kind of bad for these women who ruin their looks in their desperation to maintain their youth and viability as lead actresses rather than the supporting roles of Character’s Mom or Wise Grandmother or Sassy Old Lady Who’s Hilarious Because She’s Old. I wish they didn’t do it, but I understand why they do it, and I don’t think it’s fair to disrespect them for caving to insecurity. We all have our history of dealing poorly with pressure at some point.

      • meliot

        @Katja – very well said. I can totally understand why actresses (and actors for that matter) feel the need to try to stay young. The pressure in Hollywood must be off the charts. Every time I see a bad plastic surgery I say to my hubby thank goodness I’m not in that business. I shall grow old gracefully, and still be loved by the people who matter.

    • BrandonK

      Agreed. :0P

  • Charlie

    Of course she should direct. I genuflect.

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